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Imperial 1994 26 Years Old

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

43% / 70cl

Imperial has not only been closed for years, but it has also been demolished and a new distillery built in its place – getting more whisky from Imperial is now very much impossible. This whisky was filled to a single barrel on 22 August 1994 and bottled on 11 September 2020 at 26 years old.

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Tasting Notes

  • Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange

    • Nose

      Preserved lemons, sugar flowers and freshly cut grass. Old-fashioned sweetshop notes of kola kubes, sherbet lemons and nuttle brittle develop. Sitting just behind is a ball of slightly sour fruit – fleshy Seville oranges and unripe mango – all balanced out by sweet, minty candy and sugared almonds.

    • Palate

      Green grass and barley sugar lead to royal icing, buttermints and just-slapped mint sprigs. There’s a touch of zing and darkness behind, with barrel char and stewed lemons joined by gentle spice. The spice softens to aromatic oak as the icing returns, accompanied by mint fondant creams.

    • Finish

      Aniseed ball heat and fresh-cut-oak spice give way to stewed Granny Smith apples, lemon zest and lingering spiced sponge cake.


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Grass Grass
  • Orange Orange
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Apple Apple
  • Mango Mango
  • Honeysuckle Honeysuckle